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Men's Hoops Begins Three-Game Road Swing at Georgia State

Dwayne Davis

Dec. 17, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play the first of three road games this Tuesday, Dec. 18, when it travels to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by CSS.

Southern Miss and Georgia State will meet for the ninth time and the first since 2004. Southern Miss owns a 5-3 record all-time against the Panthers. In Atlanta, the series is tied 1-1. This will be the first meeting at Georgia State since 1982.

Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 7-3 record. The Golden Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating Grambling State, 93-45, on Saturday.

Junior forward Michael Craig led Southern Miss with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Senior forward Jonathan Mills dropped in 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Junior guard Neil Watson had 15 points and six assists and junior guard Jerrold Brooks added 12 points. Freshman guard Deon Edwin also had seven points and seven rebounds.

Senior guard Dwayne Davis is leading the team with 14.1 points while pulling down 5.0 rebounds. He is also second in Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 92.0-pecent from the charity stripe. Craig is adding 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. He is also averaging 2.0 steals per game, tied for the conference lead. Mills is scoring 10.4 points and grabbing a team-high 7.0 boards a game.

Southern Miss is scoring 65.7 points per game but allowing just 58.5 to lead Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 45.2-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.3-percent, which also leads the league. The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 31.1-percent from three-point range, but allowing just 29.3% from the same distance, second in C-USA. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 34.8-to-29.0. The Golden Eagles are also second in the league in free throw shooting (73.7%) and steals (9.7).

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 7-3 (.700) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 121-88 (.579) record in seven years as a head coach.

Georgia State enters tonight's game with a 5-5 record. The Panthers are coming off a 57-56 loss at Troy Saturday night.

Junior forward Manny Atkins led the GSU with 12 points and nine rebounds. Senior center James Vincent had 10 points and nine boards and junior guard Devonta White added 13 points.

White leads Georgia State with 14.9 points per game. He is second in the Colonial Athletic Association in steals (2.4) fourth in minutes played (35.7) and tied for eighth in assists (2.8). Freshman guard R.J. Hunter is second on the team with both 14.0 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. He is also tied for fourth in the CAA with 2.0 steals and ninth in free throw percentage (.773). Atkins is averaging 13.1 points and leads the team with 6.5 rebounds. He also leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.462) and is third in free throw percentage (.808). Vincent also leads the CAA with 2.5 blocks per game.

As a team, the Panthers are 64.3 points per game while allowing 66.2. Georgia State is connecting on just 42.2% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on just 42.8%. From three-point distance, GSU is connecting on 32.8%, but is allowing 34.9%. The Panthers are also being outrebounded 36.3-to-32.9. Georgia State is second in the CAA in both steals (8.4) and blocks (4.7) and are third in three-pointers made (5.8).

Head coach Ron Hunter is in his second season at the helm of the Georgia State men's basketball program. Hunter is 27-17 (.614) as head coach of the Panthers. He has compiled a 301-236 (.561) record in 17 years as a head coach.

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